close the books on (someone or something)

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close the books on (someone or something)

To decide that a particular situation has ended; to conclude something; to stop considering something as an option. Mindy was our top candidate for the job, but we had to close the books on her when we learned that she had lied on her resume. I think it's time for me to close the books on this situation because I'm clearly never getting my money back.
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close the books on someone or something

Fig. to declare that a matter concerning someone or something is finished. (The books here originally referred to financial accounting records.) It's time to close the books on Fred. He's had enough time to apologize to us.
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close the book on something

If you close the book on a difficult or unpleasant situation, you bring it to a definite end. The aim is a deal to pay out compensation and close the book on war damages claims. Lawyers say they are happy to close the book on one of the most frustrating chapters of the company's history.
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close the ˈbook on something

stop doing something because you no longer believe you will be successful or will find a solution: The police have closed the book on the case (= they have stopped trying to solve it).
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